This year during our annual San Juan Islands cruise we spent our final night at Spencer Spit State Park. This Park is one of our perennial favorites. We have been visiting and staying here for over 30 years (not counting my childhood years). During the late 70’s Mary and I drove our little Datsun down to the beach campsites (that was still permitted back then, before the park was expanded). We car camped right by the beach. Now, we anchor out or tie to a buoy and come ashore in the dinghy.
But it doesn’t matter how you get to Spencer Spit, its still a great place. There’s a huge sandy beach, trails in the woods, and great crabbing (usually early in the season). Plus, Spencer Spit is a great spot for cruisers with pets like T.J. our dog and every time we visit we meet nice people. It’s amazing how often your dog will create the perfect opportunity to meet other cruisers and campers.
This year was no exception. In the morning we were walking the beach and our dog T.J. was walking in the water looking for fish (his new favorite pass time) when he got a bit far away. I called him back and of course, he came running. I noticed a women kneel down in the sand as she took his picture sprinting toward me. Then she came over, showed us the photo on her digital camera, and offered to e-mail it to me. Her name is Cindy Coker and she and her husband Tom were biking on Lopez Island with their two dogs in tow in little trailers behind their bikes. Very Cool!
Here’s the photo we received. If it looks professional, that’s because it is. Cindy Coker has a website and a business taking animal and pet photos and she creates custom portfolios. Here’s the link. http://www.cindycokerphotography.com/ Check it out. She has many beautiful animal shots.
We got a chance to talk about our dogs with Cindy and Tom there on the beach at Spencer Spit and share a few stories and sure enough, a week later the great picture of T.J. arrived in my e-mail.
All of us who travel around the Pacific N.W. on our boats know about the great people we meet and get to know. This is just one more example and the gift we received at Spencer Spit really made our day. (Of course, we kind of think our dog TJ is sort of special but what else is new?)